Courses of Study 2013-2014 
    Apr 19, 2024  
Courses of Study 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ARTH 2010 - [Race, Gender, and the Internet]

(also AAS 2010 , AMST 2011 FGSS 2110 VISST 2010 ) (CA-AS)
4 credits.

Next offered 2014-2015.

M. Pham.

This course asks students to consider how race and gender shape and are shaped by the uses and design of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as blogs, Twitter, and Facebook. As ICTs are becoming an ever more significant part of our social infrastructure and our everyday lives, it is crucial that we understand what norms and values are embedded within the technologies we use every day. How do ICTs impact dominant and minoritized groups differently? How do they reproduce and/or challenge institutional systems of power and knowledge about race, gender, and citizenship? In short, this course asks students to interrogate the assumptions behind technology’s utopian promises of democracy and progress. Examining the Internet as a complex assemblage of technology, technical practices, and people, we will consider the broader social, cultural, and political economic implications of technology design and use.

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